Help in a family-run Pet Boarding Center near Rome Italy



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    If your dream is to open a pet boarding center by yourselves or you love to take care of dogs or you are a veterinary student, then this is the right place for you!

    We can give you over 25 years' experience!

    We are me Daniele, my partner Alexandra, our daughter Elisabetta (1), my daughter Aurora (19), and my son Sirio (17).

    We live on a former tobacco farm and former dairy that we reconverted into a pets' boarding house. The house is a typical country house from the 1950s of about 200 square metres on two floors; there are four rooms, one kitchen, one reception office, three bathrooms (though one needs to be fixed), and one big room with a big fireplace (which also needs to be fixed). Two more rooms have a fireplace, one has a stove, and then there is a old cowshed and an old barn. There is also a wood oven to make pizza or bread. Surrounding the house there is a garden, a vegetable garden and fields (around 25 hectares) of corn, sunflowers and wheat.

    If you like the countryside, dogs, cats, gardening, living on a farm in Italy, then this is the right place! We live on a farm in the Tevere Valley, not far from Rome, the same river that crosses Rome. The main activity is taking care of dogs and cats. This involves feeding them, cleaning their living quarters, giving any needed medicines, bathing them, playing with them, and supervising when they play with each other. There are three types of pets at our facility: 1) family pets and French bulldogs that we breed, 2) boarding guests, and 3) abandoned and homeless dogs and cats that we take in and try to find homes for. You will only be tasked with cleaning, feeding, caring for the abandoned and homeless dogs and cats and also general help around the garden & house. We are looking forward to working with you!

    From the house, there's a country road where you can walk, run or bike along a river. Within a 10 km perimeter, there are no cars, only fields of grass and trees.

    The villages near our place are very small, picturesque and quaint, but in 40 minutes by train you can reach the center of Rome and in 1.5 hours the center of Florence.

    Last but not least, I serve great original Italian food! We always prepare vegetarian meals and very often even vegan.

    You are welcome!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Charity Work

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Helping us is a very interesting experience for anyone who studies veterinary science or agronomy or is interested in working with pets, from dog breeding to dog training, etc.
    If you are interested in learning Italian, it is the right place to come!

  • Help


    ALL YEAR ROUND WE NEED HELP IN THE HOUSE (we expect everyone to take turns cleaning and tidying the kitchen and bathrooms, setting and clearing the table, etc.)
    Everything that concerns taking care of animals (dogs or cats): feeding, cleaning, teaching, helping find homes (like taking pictures, post on Internet, etc.)
    Chopping wood
    Manual labor
    Maintenance and repairs (roof, fences, tools) as well as various small projects

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    A single or double bedroom in an old farm

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are located in the countryside of Orte, a small medieval village near Viterbo. At the end of summer each year, the main attraction is the Ottava Medievale.
    Rome, Florence, Viterbo, Orvieto, and Siena are all accessible within 30-90 minutes.
    We have hot springs in the countryside called Bagnaccio and you can also visit nearby Marmore Falls.
    We are 7km from the Orte train station and can provide a bicycle for you to use to get to the train station.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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